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MSE News: British Parking Association agrees to face its critics

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  • peter_the_piper
    peter_the_piper Posts: 30,268 Forumite
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    I think they were surprised by the weight of the questions on offer.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
  • Methusela
    Methusela Posts: 56 Forumite
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    cajef wrote: »
    I think you may be wasting your time and effort, the BPA representative appears to disappeared back into the dark hole that they emerged from.:rolleyes:

    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Don't get disheartened by BPA's failure to respond so far. Sooner or later they will have to come out in the open for reasons that will become obvious if you think logically about it for a moment:-[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Ask yourself, why did BPA contact Martin in the first place and why did they agree to join in discussions with moneysavers? In the beginning Martin had set the ball rolling by putting out articles. These advised people how to avoid being illegally ripped off by unscrupulous parking firms. He did not attack BPA directly, so there was no pressing reason for them to react.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]But then the individual parking firms themselves discovered Martin's blogs. They realised that if his advice became widespread knowledge it would jeopardise their lucrative, rip-off businesses. Those individual parking firms would never have the guts to reply to Martin in their own names. They would be afraid that some of Martin's public, who had been ripped off in the past, would reply with full details of each firm's rip-off practices. So what better solution than to hide behind their faceless trade organisation BPA.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]My guess is that at least one of BPA's members – and probably several - contacted their “representative body” and said something like “we pay you an arm and a leg to be members, so you'd better get out there and start representing us. Stop this Martin whatsizname from putting out all this terrible advice” (terrible for the parking firms that is). “Stand up and fight on our behalf instead of just taking our money for nothing”.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Having been forced into action by their members, BPA will now have to demonstrate to those members (not to u[/FONT][FONT=Arial, sans-serif]s) how effectively they are able to fight on behalf of those members. They will lose face - big time – if they do not keep responding to our posts and simply give up and run off with their tails between their legs. This would not go down well with members who pay BPA tens of thousands each year to represent them.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]So I am satisfied we will be hearing from BPA's representative again before too long and in the meantime I for one will keep my complaints coming.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, sans-serif]
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  • I am sorry for the lack of responses over the last week; I have been unwell and out of the office and am now trying to catch up on a backlog of work.

    I hope to post some responses to your points over the next few days.
    Official Company Representative
    I am the official company representative of the British Parking Association. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to queries about the company, so that I can help solve issues. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. I am not allowed to tout for business at all. If you believe I am please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com This does NOT imply any form of approval of my company or its products by MSE"
  • Driver8
    Driver8 Posts: 743 Forumite
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    I am sorry for the lack of responses over the last week; I have been unwell and out of the office and am now trying to catch up on a backlog of work.

    I hope to post some responses to your points over the next few days.


    You logged on enough times.

    Go on then, tell us how much your members are losing a month.
  • BFG_2
    BFG_2 Posts: 2,022 Forumite
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    Driver8 wrote: »
    You logged on enough times.

    Go on then, tell us how much your members are losing a month.

    Please folks, let's give them a chance to respond..........
































    ..it will be such a laugh.
  • BFG_2
    BFG_2 Posts: 2,022 Forumite
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    Looking forward to their responses...which surely will be forthcoming this week.

    I mean..... it's not like they're afraid to try to answer them????

    Or it's not like they will be shown up to be mlisleading tyhe public, through vague letters, false claims and threatening behaviour???

    I'm sure that by Wednesday we'll all be apologising to the BPA for even thinking of them as a front for a bunch of lying, thieving scammers.
  • peter_the_piper
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    BFG wrote: »
    Looking forward to their responses...which surely will be forthcoming this week.

    I mean..... it's not like they're afraid to try to answer them????

    Or it's not like they will be shown up to be mlisleading tyhe public, through vague letters, false claims and threatening behaviour???

    I'm sure that by Wednesday we'll all be apologising to the BPA for even thinking of them as a front for a bunch of lying, thieving scammers.
    I'm sorry to say this but reading above I'm not really surprised at their reticence, I think most people would be loath to attempt a reply when there is little chance of a fair hearing and discussion.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
  • Coblcris
    Coblcris Posts: 1,862 Forumite
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    I agree.
    The BPA should respond to the issues of fact that have been raised.
  • BFG_2
    BFG_2 Posts: 2,022 Forumite
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    Facts...mmmmhhhhhh

    1. Many members of the BPA don't follow their own guidance..and so a lot of the public see them as "misleading the public, through vague letters, false claims and threatening behaviour"

    2. The behaviour of many clampers [see prev para] leads many people to think that the BPA itself is merely a self-serving 'front for a bunch of lying, thieving scammers'.

    However leaving aside the rhetoric, I too would be delighted if the BPA even attempted to answer the 'non-emotive' questions raised on this thread [by people with a greater/higher degree of eloquence than I].
  • Coblcris
    Coblcris Posts: 1,862 Forumite
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    Failure to rebut the facts will be taken as admission.
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